Logitech’s Case [+] review: the only case you might ever need

By Lory Gil on May 17, 2014

There are thousands of different types of iPhone cases on the market. You can spend less than $10 for a very simple back case, or hundreds of dollars on a luxury leather executive cover. There is a case out there for everyone.

Logitech has recently launched the Case [+], which may just be the right fit for every one. It is more than just a case. It is an all-in-one accessory kit for your iPhone 5 or 5s. The kit comes with a protective back cover, a car mount, a credit card holder, a backup battery, and a flap that doubles as a stand. The Case [+] kit comes with nearly everything you’ll ever need for your iPhone.

We have been putting the Case [+] through the paces to find out if it is all it is hyped up to be. Check out our hands on review of Case [+] below… Read More

 

Bentley films and edits Mulsanne promo entirely on iPhone 5s and iPad Air

By Christian Zibreg on May 15, 2014

Luxury car maker Bentley has commissioned a short documentary film to promote its $300,000 Mulsanne.

The black and white footage was captured entirely on an iPhone 5s and edited in the back of a Mulsanne on an iPad Air outfitted with a thin keyboard attachment.

Entitled ‘Intelligent Details’ and filmed in the Bentley Mulsanne in New York, the video shows various design aspects of the car before revealing a behind-the-scenes of the entire process of capturing the footage. The team used specialized iPhone lenses and mounts to capture raw material, which was then editer on Apple’s tablet in iMovie…. Read More

 

Size comparison: 3D printed 5.5-inch iPhone 6 mockup vs iPhone 5s

By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2014

Another day, another iPhone 6 dummy. Based on purportedly leaked design drawings published last month, enthusiast Hidenori Satou has used a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer to produce a mockup of Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch handset. The dummy unit is rather crude and as such is used to highlight the size difference between the current four-inch iPhone 5 and the upcoming 5.5-incher… Read More

 

Design comparison: final iPhone 6 mockup vs iPhone 5s vs fifth-gen iPod touch

By Christian Zibreg on May 12, 2014

With everyone and their brother 3D printing iPhone 6 mockups, virtually every single day brings another iPhone 6 “leak” that wants to go viral. There’s just too much stuff proliferating out there so iDownloadBlog usually only covers the material we specifically deem newsworthy.

This would typically entail photos and footage that bring something new to the conversation, be it a never-before-seen angle, an interesting design choice or other curious detail.

Today’s video is no different.

Created by an Italian enthusiast blog, it pits an unusually detailed physical iPhone 6 mockup against the iPhone 5s and the fifth-generation iPod touch, showing the supposed design differences from various angles… Read More

 

iPhone 5s/5c is half price at Best Buy until Sunday

By Christian Zibreg on May 8, 2014

Best Buy, the nation’s popular consumer electronics retailer, is offering latest iPhones with a notable 50 percent discount until this coming Sunday, May 11. The entry-level iPhone 5s model with sixteen gigabytes of storage is now available for $99 after a two-year wireless contract with Verizon or Sprint.

The 16GB iPhone 5c – which normally costs $99 after a two-year contract over at the Online Apple Store (and through many other carriers/retailers) – will now set you back $49.95 in upfront payment. Higher-capacity iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c models are half price, too… Read More

 

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 video tour takes swipes at iPhone 5s and Apple’s Retina display

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2014

Yesterday, four new feature tour videos cropped up on the Samsung Mobile USA channel on YouTube, showcasing the handset’s full HD Super AMOLED screen, the selective camera focus feature, its ultra-power saving mode and the bundled S Health app. Unlike some of the conglomerate’s previous promotional videos, these clips do a good job explaining how the four aforementioned features enhance experience for the user.

However, Samsung being Samsung meant the firm couldn’t resist comparing its flagship to Apple’s iPhone 5s in terms of the display size, image quality and pixel count. I’ve included that clip, along with the remaining three videos, after the jump… Read More

 

Lunecase for iPhone uses electromagnetic energy to display LED alerts

By Cody Lee on Apr 30, 2014

An interesting new iPhone case is garnering some attention in the tech world right now. It’s called the Lunecase, and it features a built-in LED alert system that can let you know when you are receiving a phone call or text message via a glowing icon.

That may not sound like a big deal, but the real trick is that it’s able to do this completely wirelessly, without the need for any batteries or a connection to your iPhone. And it pulls this off by utilizing the electromagnetic energy emitted by the device… Read More

 

Purported iPhone 6 case theorizes how thin next-gen iPhone could be

By Jake Smith on Apr 28, 2014

On par with the launch of any device from Apple, third-party case makers have taken rumors, maybe a little insider knowledge, and some guessing to theorize what the design of the next-generation iPhone could be, long before the launch.

YouTube channel Unbox Therapy got its hands on one of these cases floating around, and compared it alongside the iPhone 5s and iPod touch. The striking factor for the purported iPhone 6 case wasn’t the height difference, but that its thinness matched up with the iPod touch, perfectly.  Read More

 

Alleged iPhone 6 case compared to Nexus 5, Galaxy Note 3 in new video

By Cody Lee on Apr 24, 2014

We don’t know if they’re real or not, but a number of cases supposedly made for the next iPhone have surfaced online in the past few weeks. It seems like they are all based on the ‘iPhone 6′ schematic drawing published last month, depicting a thin handset with rounded corners and a large display.

Today we get a better idea of the purported device’s size thanks to a new comparison video by Unbox Therapy. The clip shows how one of these iPhone 6 cases stacks up against other popular smartphones—including the iPhone 5s, Nexus 5 and the Galaxy Note 3—in terms of various measurements… Read More

 

Apple lists apps from new iPhone 5s ‘Powerful’ ad

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 23, 2014

Want to know what apps Apple featured in its latest iPhone 5s ad titled ‘Powerful’, which started airing last evening? The 30-second commercial suggests that “with the power of iPhone 5s, you’re more powerful than you think” by highlighting a number of content creation use cases involving a bunch of third-party apps found on the App Store.

If you’ve seen the ad, chances are you’ve spotted a scene in which some guy uses the iPhone’s flash as a heart rate monitor, but what about all the other apps?

That’s what a new section on Apple’s website is for. Titled ‘Powerful’, the new microsite is solely created with the purpose of exploring the apps from the commercial… Read More

 

Apple releases fix for FaceTime on older versions of OS X, iOS 6 still seeing issues

By Jake Smith on Apr 23, 2014

Apple has released a fix for the FaceTime app on older versions of OS X, specifically OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Users of older software, as we reported last week, have been seeing issues with FaceTime, unable to connect and complete calls, for unknown reasons. Apple released version 1.0.5 of the $0.99 app to address the issue: Read More

 

Apple airs new ‘Powerful’ iPhone 5s ad

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2014

Apple has this evening posted a new TV commercial for the iPhone 5s to its YouTube channel. The ad, which was spotted airing during tonight’s episode of ABC’s ‘Agents of SHIELD,’ touts the handset’s ability to morph into a useful tool for people in various lines of work.

Set to the tune of “Gigantic,” by the Pixies, the spot shows iPhone 5s owners using the device to do things like play music, control stage lighting in a theater, create short movies, create art installations and more. The tagline of the ad is ‘You’re more powerful than you think.’ Read More

 

Apple posts iOS 7.1.1 with additional Touch ID fixes

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 22, 2014

Apple has just released iOS 7.1.1 for public consumption. A maintenance update, iOS 7.1.1 contains “improvements, bug fixes and security updates.” Specifically, it makes Touch ID even more reliable than the previous iOS 7.1 update, while fixing a pair of bugs related to keyboard responsiveness and Bluetooth keyboards with VoiceOver enabled.

It’s arrived just five days after iOS 7.1.1 devices located in and around Apple’s Cupertino campus started exposing themselves in web logs.

Needless to say, those of you who rock a jailbroken iPhone, iPod touch or iPad are advised to hold off on upgrading to the new software until we’re able to confirm it won’t break your jailbreakRead More

 

TSMC exec says Apple leading move to 64-bit smartphone chips, hints A8 chip production

By Jake Smith on Apr 17, 2014

Apple is responsible for the mobile industry’s move to 64-bit processors within smartphones after it announced the iPhone 5s in September, according to Mark Liu, co-CEO of major chip company TSMC.

This is something many industry pundits have been whispering for sometime, so it’s interesting to hear from such a higher-up in the chip business. Liu, speaking at a TSMC quarterly results meeting, said it pretty bluntly… Read More

 

RadioShack dropping subsidized price on 16GB iPhone 5s to $100

By Cody Lee on Apr 17, 2014

Folks still in the market for an iPhone 5s may be interested to know that RadioShack will soon be offering a significant discount on the handset. Starting tomorrow, the nationwide retailer will begin selling the 16GB model of the 5s for just $99.99 in-store with a qualifying 2-year contract.

That’s $100 cheaper than most carriers and third party sellers have the entry-level iPhone 5s priced at, and is among one of the best deals we’ve seen on the smartphone. Additionally, RadioShack says it’s offering a $100 credit for folks trading in an eligible iPhone 4s, making the 5s free… Read More

 

FaceTime connectivity issues reaching many iOS users

By Jake Smith on Apr 17, 2014

Users on iOS 6, iOS 7, and Macs are having issues connecting FaceTime video calls on Thursday.

Many complaints have rung across Twitter and Apple Support communities. Even some of our devices here at iDownloadBlog are unable to connect for unknown reasons.  Read More

 

RunKeeper launches Breeze, fitness/activity tracking iPhone 5s app with eye-candy UI

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 17, 2014

RunKeeper has released a new iOS application that counts steps taken and tracks your activity. I know there are now dozens of apps in the App Store.

That being said, RunKeeper is a huge player in fitness and Breeze is brilliantly designed, gamified and available totally free of charge, no in-app purchases required whatsoever.

The software takes advantage of Apple’s M7 motion coprocessor inside the iPhone 5s to track up to seven days worth of activity, even when the app isn’t running and without taking any noticeable hit on your battery life.

Breeze is a free download from the App Store. I’ve included nearly a dozen pretty screenshots and more information right after the break so give the app a whirl and let us know what you think in the comments… Read More

 

Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner isn’t immune, can also be tricked like iPhone 5s

By Jake Smith on Apr 15, 2014

The fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 is suffering from the same security flaw as the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s, creating a bit of a risk for owners.

Germany-based security blog H Security found that using a wood glue mold from the fingerprint already set on the Galaxy S5, someone else could gain unauthorized access to your phone. Given Samsung’s fingerprint scanner tie-ins with the PayPal app, this means not only contacts and photos are up for grabs, but mobile payments, as well.  Read More

 

Video pits Apple’s Touch ID against Samsung’s Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner

By Cody Lee on Apr 4, 2014

Following the debut of the iPhone 5s and its Touch ID fingerprint scanner in October last year, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S5 with its own fingerprint recognition tech. The handset was unveiled last month, and is slated to launch for major carriers on April 11.

The two scanners are quite different, with Touch ID requiring a press-and-hold action and Samsung’s solution more of a swiping motion, but they essentially serve the same purpose. So we thought this new video comparing the two of them was worth a look… Read More

 

Pad & Quill introduces beautiful new wallet case for iPhone

By Cody Lee on Apr 1, 2014

In the world of iPhone and Mac accessories, there are two names I trust almost above all others: Twelve South and Pad & Quill. Both of them have a keen sense of design, and both are known for making high quality products out of high quality materials.

Over the weekend, the latter unveiled a new iPhone case called the Traveler. Like many of P&Q’s cases it features a built-in pocket for carrying credit cards and other knick knacks around, but this time instead of a book-like design, they went with a rear shell… Read More